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Local Editorials

Today, let us remember those who served nation

One wonders how many Americans know the significance of today. It is the 75th anniversary of Victory over Japan, or V-J Day — and the end of the most horrific conflict the world has ever seen. Though Japan’s surrender was announced on Aug. 14, 1945, the official observance in this ...

Federal Reserve should stay the course

At this point in the economy’s recovery from COVID-19, the concern needs to be stagnation, not inflation. Good for Federal Reserve officials for recognizing that. Central banks are looked to for help in situations such as that facing the economy today. By holding down interest rates, they ...

Parents need to give children the right gifts

Virtually all of the rich and powerful parents caught in the federal probe last year of cheating schemes meant to get their children into prestigious colleges and universities have insisted their hearts were in the right place. They just wanted to help their children. What mom or dad cannot ...

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Transit extends relief The Faribault and Martin County transit system has been a blessing for many this year as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted lives and gouged pocketbooks. Transit suspended its fares earlier this year, through Aug. 31. Now it has extended this relief through the end ...

As schools reopen: Please drive cautiously

Though there is nothing normal about this year’s return to school, one thing remains the same: It is, as ever, important to remember there are kids headed back to schools again. Changes make it even more important to be aware constantly, rather than just in the school zones with which you ...

Fairmont must trim, revamp its 2021 budget

The Fairmont City Council has a lot on its plate when it comes to the city’s 2021 budget. Given a proposed 11.5 percent hike in the property tax levy — amid the uncertainty of a pandemic — the council has some work to do in prioritizing and putting off expenses. Businesses and individuals ...

Fed needs to strike housing balancing act

Among the brightest bits of news linked to the COVID-19 epidemic was the report last week that home sales are booming in the United States. The pace of home purchases jumped by a record-high 24.7% last month, according to the National Association of Realtors. Analysts credited low mortgage ...

Corruption at FBI threatens everyone

It is more than unfortunate that virtually everything seems to be colored by politics these days. It also may be hazardous to our freedoms. More and more, it is becoming apparent that a few powerful people in the government broke the law in spying on a candidate for president in 2016. Just ...

Deadly violence calls for investing in police

During the week that ended Aug. 16, more than 30 American children were killed or wounded in shootings across the United States, according to one gun violence archive. Among the most recent tragedies was one in Akron, Ohio. There, Mikayla Pickett, 8, was hit by a bullet fired by one of four ...

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‘Chaos’ or resistance? The state of Iowa is facing school reopening “chaos,” as reported by some in the media. The “chaos” is nothing more than fear and resistance to Gov. Kim Reynolds’ reopening plan by the state’s teachers union. Reynolds has set a high bar for schools ...

In virus era, resources must be used wisely

For many years, local public health agencies were viewed by many Americans as centers for anti-smoking campaigns, immunizations for children in low-income families, enforcers of restaurant cleanliness rules and similar activities. Suddenly last winter, all that changed. Now and probably for ...

Congress should pass measure to limit liability

Our society has long had a need for legal reform to limit lawsuits and the ridiculous awards of some juries. There is a fundamentally flawed mindset driving civil law, namely that everything is someone else’s fault. The resulting worries about liability drive up the price of everything, ...

‘Legacy’ costs hurt Postal Service the most

President Donald Trump is being accused by some of withholding funds available to the U.S. Postal Service, allegedly in order to limit the agency’s ability to handle tens of millions of mailed-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election. If indeed anyone is failing to use resources available to the ...

Big-city mayors need to be more responsive

Violence raged again over the weekend in major American cities. Among the numbers: 18 people were shot in Cincinnati, 4 killed; 50 shot in New York, 7 killed; 30 were shot in Chicago, 3 killed. From May to June, homicides in 20 major U.S. cities increased by 37%, led by Chicago, Philadelphia ...

If numbers keep rising will caution matter?

We have, in general, given the benefit of the doubt to those who are siding with caution in the battle against COVID-19. Health experts and political leaders, such as Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, are doing the best they can to weather the storm. We believe they are acting with ...

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Churches’ rights denied If you hold a mass protest in Minnesota, and even throw in a little arson and looting, the authorities will stand aside and never speak once about limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people because of COVID-19. But if you wish to exercise your constitutionally ...

Report adds urgency to fight against COVID

Virtually every passing day demonstrates that the world does not know enough about COVID-19 to combat the virus effectively. Research on it — and on identifying other emerging disease threats — needs to be a higher priority. A priority should be how the coronavirus affects racial ...

Big Ten rightly puts student athletes first

The Big Ten Conference this week became the first major college athletic conference to say no to fall sports, including football season. “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed ...

Gullible Americans help spread disinformation

Thank heaven for those gullible Americans. Let’s hope they never wise up. If they do, we’re out of jobs. One wonders whether that thought crosses the minds of Russian disinformation specialists who have had success sowing dissension in the United States. If not, it should. Many ...

More time, not less, needed for Census work

Giving Americans a month less to respond to the 2020 Census may be the most ridiculous proposal to come out of Washington this year. The idea should be discarded. Original plans for the Census called for an Oct. 31 deadline for people to respond to it with information about themselves and ...